Foster Placement Types
Share Homes receives foster children from various different agencies. Share Homes has 6 different types of foster placements:
- Respite – Respite foster homes for Share Homes need to be certified and meet all of the foster care and state requirements. Respite care is usually done on a short-term basis and is sometimes used by resource families who need temporary help in caring for their foster children. Respite care can include transportation or other special needs.
- Reunification – The reunification child has different placement needs than the other foster placements. Reunification sets up a plan for the birth parents to “get their act together”. This plan could include: counseling, drug rehabilitation, drug testing, housing concerns, living arrangement concerns, etc. The goal for these children is to reunify or to be returned to their birth family members. (This type of placement often has weekly visits with the birth family.)
- Emergency Placement – These foster placements occur with very little notice. Placements usually occur within 24 hours. Share Homes works diligently to get the children out of shelters and receiving homes and into foster homes. These children usually come with very few clothes and personal belongings. Resource families are responsible for whatever emergency items might be needed, such as necessary clothing and hygiene items.
- Long Term – Long term foster placements usually are older children in the foster care system. These children may have had numerous foster placements or have graduated from a higher level of care in the foster care system.
- Adoption – All adoptive placements start in the foster care system. Share Homes facilitates foster/adoptive placements in foster homes. While the prospective adoptive child is in the foster home, it is an opportunity for the child to receive treatment (medically or psychologically) before being considered for adoption. The adoptive process requires a higher level of clearance in order to be considered for adoption. Foster children who reside in foster homes that are not approved for adoption may be moved to homes that are already adoption approved. Share Homes urges the foster parent to be certified for both adoption and foster care.
- Concurrent Planning – These placements are foster children who have two plans (from the court) running at the same time, thus the term concurrent planning. Concurrent planning homes are foster homes that are able to reunify children if the parents fulfill the reunification plan. If the parents don’t meet the plan, then the resource families could be approved for adoption. This program cuts down on foster placement moves and it has more permanency for the foster children.
Benefits to Foster Care
- Remove from institutionalized care
- To help a waiting child
- Family addition
- Provide a positive role model
Why Choose Us
- Professional and efficient staff to expedite your foster care process in San Joaquin/Sacramento County
- Caring professionals
- Connect families to children by representing their home through established relationships with various counties
Steps To Becoming A Foster Parent
- Home Safety Check
- Foster Care Training
- Paperwork /Questionnaires
- Foster Care Home study
What You Will Need
- Fingerprint clearances
- DMV printout
- First Aid and CPR Certified
- Physical and TB test
- Copies of auto, home and CDL
- Copy of pet vac. If applicable
- Water safety class (if the child is involved in water sports)
Foster Care FAQ
First attend a 2 hour orientation meeting and the 8 hour pre-certification training. A representative from our agency will do a pre-application interview, home safety check and a home study. There is paperwork to fill out, and all adults in the home must receive criminal and child abuse clearances prior to certification.